Artists Veronica Ryan, Phyllida Barlow, Edmund De Waal and Martin Parr are among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Veronica Ryan, who receives an OBE for services to art, is currently showing new work in the solo exhibition ‘Along a Spectrum’ at Spike Island, Bristol. The Montserrat born sculptor who now lives between Hertfordshire and New York, and is best known for her sculpture that is evocative of shapes, forms and objects from the natural world, will take part in a panel discussion to celebrate the show, along with Barlow and Director of Tate Modern Frances Morris, on 12 July.

Phyllida Barlow, who received a CBE following her representation of Great Britain at the 2017 Venice Biennale, has now been awarded a Damehood for services to art. She is currently the subject of a major retrospective, ‘frontier’ at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.



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Writer and ceramicist Edmund de Waal, who receives a CBE, is best known for his large-scale installations. His current exhibition ‘This Living Hand : Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore’ at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, explores the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Moore’s art.

In a post on Instagram, de Waal said: “hugely honoured to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours today for Service to the Arts for my work as potter and writer… feeling very happy and overwhelmed.”

Bristol-based photographer Martin Parr, who has been described as “a chronicler of our age” receives a CBE for services to photography. In 2017 he set up the Martin Parr Foundation to support emerging, established and overlooked photographers ‘who have made and continue to make work focused on Britain and Ireland’.

Others to receive awards for services to art include gallerist Sadie Coles, who receives an OBE, while Clore Leadership Executive Director Hilary Carty receives an OBE for services to leadership development in the cultural and creative industries.


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1. Portrait of Veronica Ryan with her exhibition, ‘Along a Spectrum’, Spike Island, Bristol, 2021. Photo: Max McClure; Copyright Veronica Ryan; Courtesy: Spike Island, Bristol.
2. Veronica Ryan, ‘Along a Spectrum’, installation view, Spike Island, Bristol, 2021. Commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol and supported by Freelands Foundation. Photo: Max McClure; Copyright: Veronica Ryan; Courtesy: Spike Island, Bristol, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Alison Jacques, London.
3. Phyllida Barlow, folly, Installation view, British Pavilion, Venice, 2017. Photo: Ruth Clark © British Council; Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth